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Fewest balls to wrap up India’s lower order

The fewest balls in which India have lost their last five wickets in an innings of a test match since 2000 is as follows:

23 v Eng Trent Bridge 2011

After losing the first test match of their four match tour of England in 2011 by 196 runs, the team suffered an even bigger defeat in the 2nd test match at Trent Bridge.

India won the toss and put England in to bat first. The Indian bowlers did a fine job with Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth picking up three wickets each as England were bowled out for 221.

In reply, India made 288 which might seem like a decent score but they were comfortably placed at 267 for 4 at one point after which the team suffered a collapse.

Rahul Dravid made 117 while VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh chipped in with half centuries. However, the team lost their last 5 wickets for just 23 runs. MS Dhoni was dismissed for five while Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar recorded ducks. Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth contributed 3 and 7.

England smashed 544 in the second innings and India were bowled for just 158 in the last dig, losing the match by 319 runs.

25 v SA Joburg 2013/14

India were in a good position after winning the toss and batting first in the first test match of their tour of South Africa in 2013 at Johannesburg. India were 219 for 4 at one point as Virat Kohli made a brilliant 119 off 181 balls. Ajinkya Rahane also did well, making 47 of 137 deliveries.

However, India lost their last five wickets within 25 runs as their last three batters Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were all dismissed for ducks. South Africa made 244 in their first innings as India replied with 421.

South Africa kept out an Indian win as they were at 454/7 when the match ended in a thrilling draw courtesy of brilliant centuries from Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers.

25 v Eng Leeds 2021

After India lost their first three wickets within the first 11 overs with KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli returning to the pavilion without making big contributions, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant try to stabilize the innings at Leeds in 2021.

However, the team lost their last 5 wickets for just 25 runs as they ended up getting bowled now for only 78. There was no coming back from that point on as India lost the match by an innings and 76 runs.

Saksham Mishra

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